New Jersey Is Rocking the Olympic Trials | Highlights So Far and What to Look For

Ajee' Wilson (left) is heading to the Olympics in the 800 meter.

An update through July 6th for New Jersey's potential and confirmed Olympians! This article features two pages, one recapping the recent action and another with the remaining schedule and what to look for heading into tonight.

What Happened So Far

What to Look For


What Happened

A recap of the top Olympic finishers and those who made it to finals through July 6th for New Jersey natives. 

2016 New Jersey Olympians as of July 6th

  • 100 Meter | English Gardner (Eastern Regional 2010)
  • 800 Meter | Ajee' Wilson (Neptune 2012)
  • 10,000 Meter | Marielle Hall (Haddonfield 2010)

100 Meter

Nike's English Gardner (Eastern Reg 2010) won the finals with a blazing time of 10.74 (+1.0) after advancing from the semis running the same time with more wind 10.74 (+2.5). Good luck at the games! [Full Results Here]

800 Meter

Neptune graduate (2012) and adidas pro Ajee' Wilson punched her ticket to Rio with a second place finish in the women's' 800 meter final running 1:59.51. She was second to Kate Grace of Oiselle who took first at 1:59.10. [Final Results Here]

Wilson made it to the finals with the fifth fastest time in the semis running 2:00.81. 

10,000 Meter

Marielle Hall (Haddonfield 2010), who competes for Nike, placed third in the 10K running 31:54.77. She's heading to Rio! [Full Results Here]


Saucony's Ashley Higginson (Colts Neck 2007) ran the 11th fastest time of the first round with 9:42.18 to advance to the finals. [Full Results Here]

Asics Furman Elite's Craig Forys (Colts Neck 2007) and Hoka One One / NJ-NY TC's Travis Mahoney (Old Bridge 2008) qualified for the men's steeple chase finals placing fifth, 8:30.42, and 10th, 8:35.17, respectively. [Full Results Here]

Triple Jump 

Keturah Orji (Mount Olive 2014) who attends the University of Georgia and Christina Epps (Morristown 2009) who competes for adidas Garden State TC both moved onto the finals finishing 1-2 in qualifying. Orji who owns the american record in the event marked a 46-6 (+1.2) for the top seed, Epps second seed at 46-2.5 (+1.6). [Full Results Here]

Photo by Eric Taylor


Curtis Thompson (Florence HS 2014), who is currently studying at Mississippi State, placed second at the trials breaking the meet record wowing the crowd with a mark of 271-11! However since he didn't make the Olympic standard of 272-4, before the closing window, he lost the spot to an athlete he defeated at the trials who threw the standard over a year ago. [Full Results Here]

Tim VanLiew (Deptford HS 2008) made it to the finals as well throwing 236-8.5. He competes under adidas Garden State TC. 

Thompson still holds the New Jersey high school state record at 224-10 which he set at the 2014 Meet of Champions on the last throw of his high school state meet career. 

400 Meter

Najee Glass of the University of Florida (St. Peter's Prep 2012) made it all the way to the men's 400 meter finals to place 7th with a time of 45.48. He qualified for finals running the third fastest semi-final time of 44.79. [Full Results Here]

If we missed anyone who made it to a final from New Jersey please let us know.